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1955 Gibson ES-125 Vintage Archtop Electric Guitar Sunburst P-90 w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1955 Gibson ES-125 in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original faux alligator chipboard case. Fully hollow with an arched maple top and back, mahogany rims, and a 16" lower bout width, the ES-125 is a golden-era Gibson which delivers a clear, broad natural acoustic tone that projects well and is faithfully captured by the P-90 pickup. Very dynamically responsive and rich, the P-90 has a glassy treble bite, smooth growl and rich midrange character. It truly doesn't get any simpler or more elegant, and whether you're playing complex Jazz chords or wanting a powerful and present tone for a bit of Americana twang and snarl, this ES-125 is an excellent choice. At 5lbs 1oz, this Gibson is featherweight, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and 11-49 roundwound strings.

The one-piece Honduran mahogany neck has a substantial C-shaped profile carve, just shy of ‘baseball bat’ heft, with round shoulders that aren’t too overt, measuring .885" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard is a dark, tight-grained cut of this hallowed tonewood, with pearl dot inlay and the original slender banjo fretwire which is exceptionally clean with just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original nylon nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock features a clean Gibson gold silkscreen and original Kluson Deluxe "no line" strip tuners with replacement white buttons.

The body retains the original P-90 and wiring harness, and hardware includes the original nickel trapeze tailpiece and floating Brazilian rosewood bridge with compensated saddle, which has room for future adjustment at both bridge thumbwheels. The top has great curvature as well, and the neck set is ideal. All original plastics include a rare one-ply black pickguard, black P-90 cover, and pair of gold speed knobs. The W-prefix Factory Order Number is visible through the F hole, dating this guitar to '55.

The original two-tone Sunburst nitro lacquer gloss finish is bold and clean, with very faint vertical lacquer checking. The back binding was reglued along the lower bout body edge, with some targeted lacquer touchup adjacent to the binding (and fractionally onto the binding). There is also a cleanly doweled and touched-up forward strap button mounting hole. Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to light wear on the treble-side rim at the waist, and a few additional faint finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole. The neck retains its smooth nitro gloss along the profile length.

The original cbipboard case with faux alligator exterior, functional latches, and the original molded handle is included. The interior case pocket lid is detached, but present, complete with the small Gibson badge.